Javier Méndez believes that Dagestan will soon become a top training place for elite international MMA fighters.
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Javier Méndez believes that Dagestan will soon become the premier training destination for world-class MMA fighters. According to the AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) head coach, this is due to Dagestan’s inexpensive accommodation facilities and the large number of elite athletes already training in the region.
Mendez generally trains his fighters at the AKA gym in San Jose, California. However, lately he has been in Dagestan to work with some of his students who come from the region.
The 51-year-old recently broached various topics while speaking to RT Sport MMA. When asked if Dagestan could be the next top destination for people from other countries to train in all aspects of MMA, he stated:
“Well, I think if you understand what is here and want the best kind of training in the world that you can get, you will want to come to Dagestan, especially under the expense conditions, you know. I mean, a lot of people in San José want to come to San José. It is very expensive. Here it is so inexpensive. I mean, you can rent a really nice apartment for three or four hundred dollars a month. You can’t even rent that in San Jose for a week, you know? So, you know, when you talk about it, that’s fair, great. But then look what you got. It has 50, 60 world-class professional athletes at the same time that they are being trained. And you can train with all these guys. So for me, from what I’ve seen, it will be the number one destination in the world to come, right here, Dagestan. “
You can see Javier Méndez’s interview in the following video:
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